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. at a white house event touting the fixes and the benefits of the affordable care act, president obama drew a line in the sand. >> i've always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> let's bring in senator pat toomey, republican from pennsylvania and a remember of the budget and finance committees. good to see you, senator. thanks for coming in. let me start with your reaction to what's going on with obama care, because the white house says they're making progress. monday alone a million unique views. the pages are loading faster, people are able to get on. how do you feel about it right now? >> well, there's no doubt there's been some progress. not enough that my wife could get on yesterday, as you know, all members of congress and our staffs are forced onto the obama care exchanges. my wife made a valiant effort and she's pretty capable person and couldn't get us signed up. i'm sure they will work out the problems with the website. the website isn't
meant to step on the field. . white house getting ready to roll out a new obama care campaign. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. >> reporter: with some improvements to affordable health care website under his belt, is he making a pitch again. is it too soon? a live report is coming up. 1ñp farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards millions have raised their hand for the proven relief of the purple pill. and that relief could be in your hand. for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms from aci
about face of president obama's own family. right after the break. don't miss it. >> white house said in 2011 there is no record of them ever being there. that it's -- how do you make that mistake? ick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. so you can see like right here i can just... you know, check my policy here, add a car, ah speak to customer service, check on a claim...you know, all with the ah, tap of my geico app. oh, at's so cool. well, i would disagree with you but, ah, that would make me a liar. no dude, you're on the jumbotron! whoa. ah...yeah, pretty much walked into that one. geico anywhere anytime. just a tap away on the geico app. >>> now, they've done a 180, the kelly file investigation. trace? >> when the president's uncle was arrested for drunk driving in 2011 not only did we learn he's in the country illegal but learned he's related to the president he was asked if he'd like to make a phone call but he said i think i'd like to call the white house white house says
country's leaders past and present. we heard from president obama last night. let's go to the white house now and hear from brianna keilar. this was a personal moment for barack obama who talked about the influence of nelson mandela when he was a young man. >> reporter: that's right, john. it was just huge. president obama was 19 years old when he first got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he gave what being call a political speech was back in 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forw
illegally. the white house claimed at the time that omar and president obama never had met because reporters were inquiring about the relationship. now they have done a complete 180. trace gallagher has "the kelly file" investigation. >> reporter: in fact, when the president's uncle omar was arrested for drunk driving not only did we learn he was here illegally but that he was related to the president. in fact he was asked if he would like to make a phone call. he said, i think i will call the white house. the white house told the boston globe there was no record of the president meeting his uncle omar. this week in the boston immigration court omar obama testified not only had he met his nephew but barack obama even lived with him for a short time. the white house said there was no deception. they couldn't find evidence to support the president met his uncle. it is not clear what evidence they were looking for though omar was mentioned in the president's book there was no mention of them meeting. today jay carney pinpointed the problem. listen to this. >> nobody asked him in the past. the p
close and icy. alina, thanks very much. the white house had said president obama had never met with an uncle caught up in a deportation case, but it turns out the president did meet briefly with an uncle, lived with imhad when he was a young kid. find out how the press secretary at the white house is explaining this apparent contradiction. brian todd is standing by. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. #%tia[ life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed? what if i can't hide my symptoms? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisinfo.com to get your complimentary q&a book, with information from experts on your condition. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back p
is a politician. he understands compromise. two people coming together to achieve something. the obama white house wants to lecture you on how they're morally superior, shut up and obey. one has a realistic understanding of human nature and the other thinks he's jesus. >> more on that coming up. first, this. it's not too early to talk 2016. there's already chatter about who's going to make the next run for the white house. >> it's something that i'll certainly consider. >> i'm a very able politician i'll tell you whether i'm able to persuade my wife. >> our next guest has those few names no one is talking about yet. >> remember this, it had so many of you outraged yesterday. spaghetti owe's tweeting out this picture on pearl harbor day. stay tuned. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? when you do what
're right. melanie white saying don't be so naive. the obamas staged theirs for poll approval. i mean, you can say that, but as a fact, come on. and later in the interview, michelle obama said her husband is a man who always keeps his promises, not true. and on the katy perry homage to the geisha, the idea of cultural appropriation is absurd. artists rad s routinely borrow. and i wouldn't think a christian would spend a dime on your book. "killing jesus" has been on the number one slot for nine weeks, i am glad everybody doesn't think the way you do. and oregon, bought a copy of killing jesus for the pastor of my church, he read an excerpt from it in his morning service. well, i appreciate this one. this is a good one, money is tight, we all know that, but christmas is a good time to spend a little money and be generous, here is a website, called retailmenot.com. it is the largest digital coupon site in the usa. in the last 24 hours, about four million coupons were used from that website in stores all across the nation. so you might want to check it out because it can save you substantial
massaged by politicians, particularly the obama white house to give you a better number heading to the election. i haven't seen anything to suggest -- >> eamon, what are you hearing about the political side of this? >> yeah, i think it would be very difficult to have a political conspiracy -- the number of interviewers to affect the number if they're just interviewing 20 to 40 houses a month would be ha lot of people involved in that. >> you like big government. >> that's a huge -- and there were all these people on twitter saying, oh my god -- but there's nothing here to suggest. >> the only point jack was making it's not this gold-plated number that comes in and you -- >> joe, it's a survey. it's a survey. >> i know it's a survey. >> if it's a survey, any kind of survey will have a margin for error. >> a municipal employee if -- if you didn't have to do something important, think if all you had to do -- >> that is in there. >> have you ever seen how many guys -- >> go interview -- and it's like the guy from the -- >> i figure out 70,000 like four guys might actually go out and
obama to speak at the white house, he's expected any minute now, seeking to move past the problems of the health care website, mr. obama will try to refocus attention on the benefits of the affordable care act. all of this comes with the white house insisting that its december 1st deadline for getting the website working for the vast majority of users. joining me now senior political editor mark murray. i'm curious, what details we know and what the administration has revealed about what we will see between now and december 23rd. i guess at the heart of the question is will the president be the front of this sales pitch? so often he's seen as the most effective person for the obama administration but may be able to push the traffic to the website. >> tamron, he's going to be the primary salesman, may not be the chief person every day between now and december 23rd but the white house is putting him out today. we're going to see him on thursday with chris matthews in an interview he'll have with hard ball and touting individual components of the health care law. for those covering us
care site on the mend. brianna keilar at the white house this morning. >> hi there, carol. the obama administration says it has met its goal and healthcare.gov is running a whole lot smoother. but there's still a lot of problems as well i'll have a live report in just a moment. ke. i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards you can fill that box and pay one flat rate. i didn't know the coal thing was real. it's very real... david rivera. rivera, david. [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> it's like the difference between night and day, how the man in charge of fixing the obama care website describes the experience for people who sign up now after that self-imposed deadline to get the site working for the majority of users. the obama administration under heavy criticism and scrutiny after b
do. >> today, as we reported, the president is going to be holding an event at the white house to tout the benefits of obama care. does this signal a shift now at getting back to the sales job as opposed to damage control, or are there still a lot of other obstacles he has to overcome before this smooths out a little bit? >> i think you put your finger on it. they are trying reseize the offense here, right? for the last couple months, truly, the president and those in the white house have just been slapped around about this thing. and so, they need to send -- they're going to do it for every single day between now and the 23rd of december, there's going to be a separate plank in the program that they're going to emphasize. so one day it will be, well, you can keep your kids on until 26, the next day is the pre-existing condition, you don't have to worry about it anymore. all the polls show that while obama care, you use that name and a majority of americans say, no, no, no, i don't like that. but when you start talking about what's in the bill, most people like most of it, so t
for the american people. >> so that's what the white house is selling that president obama wants what is best for the folks. and i believe that's true in theory, in theory. he does want what's best for the folks. the problem is his vision is running up against reality. the economy is being held back by his tax policies and by obama care mandates on business. there is no question about that that's not what's best. the medical industry in america will suffer from obamacare. it will be harder for working folks to see a doctor and healthcare costs will actually rise because of co-pays and deductible, that's not what's best. barack obama will not believe me and others who see harm to the nation going forward. and that's where we are. and that's the memo. now, for the top story tonight, reaction, joining us from washington, fox news political analyst charles krauthammer. i think it's just theoretical, you know, it's this theoretical world that president obama seems to live in and i'm becoming more and more concerned about that and you say? >> it's also a rhetorical world, theory and rhetoric. it's
meadow. >>> now to the problem of the obama care website. over the weekend the white house says it met a crucial deadline and fixed many online glitches. the speed has more than tripled the 400 bugs gone. healthcare.gov now works for a vast majority of americans. >>> so a man in minnesota made it snow on some lucky shoppers at the mall of america as "let it snow" was sung by a trio down below. the man through 1,000 $1 off the floor. he said he had a rough year and just wanted to make people happy on black friday. local police weren't too happy with the man's stunt as they charged him with disorderly conduct. the man argued i don't know how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct. now let's get to sports from betty. what do you think? >> if he wants to give it away, why not? right? >> let it snow. >> exactly. let it rain. all right. what a great weekend for football fans. let's start with sunday night's nfl game. the nfc east showdown between the redskins and giants. redskins lead the game in the second but the giants come back and tie it up. in the second half. giants held off the redskins
. >>> welcome back to "new day." is the cure for obama care just some good pr? the white house may think so, because they're launching a three-week campaign that will try to refocus the public on the benefits of obama care. an official tells cnn the president will kick off the effort this afternoon at the white house itself. senior white house correspondent brianna keilar is there with details. what's the pitch, brianna? >> reporter: the pitch, this is what president obama will be addressing today, chris, is focusing on the good things that obama care, the affordable care act as the administration has gone back to calling it, the positive effects it's had on real americans. there's still a lot of focus on the website. we understood yesterday that the expectation from the administration was 50,000 people would be able to access the site. that would be the capacity at one time. well, it turned out actually yesterday that it was somewhere in the 30,000 to 40,000 range when the website started becoming unavailable to some people. so not quite meeting that goal. we do understand there were 800,0
deadlines, the white house hopes to turn the political tables starting today with a major pr push to sell the benefits of obama care. the president heads off this fresh offensive with a speech planned for 2:30 p.m. eastern surrounded by americans who have been helped by the health care law. just announced this morning, this thursday, msnbc "hardball" host chris matthews will have a sitdown with president obama joined by students from american universities. the so-called young invincibles that the white house needs to reach. each and every day between now and december the 23rd, the administration and congressional democrats will hold an event touting a different positive aspect of the health care law, just like those advent calendars so many of us are using this time of year. seems familiar, right? the ones where every day of the month you pop open another door and reveal something special inside? three years after he signed the affordable care act into law, two months after the botched rollout of the health care website, the administration hopes a three-week campaign will remind all ameri
last president left the white house to become a painter, but president obama is hoping sports will fill his time after washington. here's the score. the president apparently hosting sport% center's top ten list. "the hollywood reporter" said that's what he told bob iger at a recent private dinner. disney, of course, owns espn. iger's response, he reportedly got a good giggle. >>> it's the biggest sporting event in the world. not talking about the olympics or super bowl, but the fifa cup. it kicks off next summer in brazil with the world watching some big brands are trying to score a piece of the action. cnn international correspondent jim bolden joins us with a look at the business of the world cup. hi, jim. >> reporter: christine, national soccer teams the world over spent two years fighting for a place in the world cup finals next year in brazil. and big brands, many of them american, compete with each other to spend millions of dollars to be associated with it. as teams from countries the world over were fighting for one of the coveted 32 spots, big global brands were battling it out
with the white house in trying to trim spending as much as obama would like. it's interesting to see how much frustration there is in the cabinet not just hagel, but also sebelius. one of the reasons when you have these incidents like you do with the health care system -- >> why is general frustration. inside the white house do they think they are incompetent. >> they are not living up to standards with hagel. he's kind of lackluster when they thought he would come in there and be much more forceful. >> why did they think that? if they asked anyone in his own party who was a republican for many years, maybe still is, if they watched his confirmation hearings there were signs that perhaps he wasn't -- >> lots of signs. >> up for it. >> you get into this rush, one you want to get a republican in your cabinet, to say we have diversity of ideology. everything you're seeing with chuck hagel frustrations expressed in that piece any republican that worked with him could have said these are the frustrations you're going to have. like some of the health care stuff. >> what about sebelius? sebelius res
of battling negative headlines white house is looking to turn the page on obama care. today the president kicks off a new three week campaign to refocus the public's attention on the positive aspects of the health care law. what does that entail? >> this is what democrats wanted for two years. they say every day between now and december 23rd they will do some event to talk about each day one different good part of the health care law in their view. the idea is they got to do something about this sinking poll numbers for health care reform. they got to recalibrate the debate gaven they went through the worst possible coverage of the roll out. the question is, can that work. if the site does work. if people does start to get health care coverage you'll get a different debate. the question is how much damage was done and is this thing fixed? you guys had a good conversation yesterday on the show yes the front end fixed but is the back end fixed in a way to lead people getting coverage that they can trust that insurance companies know what benefits they are getting as far as subsidy from the
just starting to stick here at the white house. it certainly does look beautiful. president obama actually has a pretty packed day for a sunday. that's because the kennedy center honors are tonight. but alex, the show must go on. at this point, no plans to interrupt that because of the weather. the president and first lady are going to hold a reception here at the white house a little bit later on this evening for some of those award recipients, including billy joel, carlos santana as well as shirley mcclain. big names expected here despite the snow. of course, the broader message is if you don't have to go out in this weather, don't go out. because it is starting to come down. of course, some of this snow could turn into freezing rain a little bit later on today. alex? >> okay. all of our big elected names are expected back in town now. the house and the senate back on the roll call tomorrow. so what are the key issues of the many that they're expected to take up before adjourning for the year? >> well, alex, it's interesting. i don't want to sound too optimistic here, but all si
. president obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 201
for the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan. >> but it is call obama care for better or worse. the white house is now going back and forth about whether or not that was a great idea to call that it but it is. he won't change it unless the bottom really falls out. >> he can't go on national television today and say send me your plan. we sent him a plan four years ago and then he won't accept our plan. >> let's play. that did he issue a challenge to republicans today. >> i've always. i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> so you presented a different health care proposal four years ago. do you have a proposal to improve the law that exists right now? >> it is a totally different concept. if the president wanted to take us -- if he took us up on our offer. i'm speaking totally out of turn here. if they want to take our bill and endorse and it pass it, you have two separate health care plans out there. you have obama care and this free market approach that
care act. insurance companies in partnership with the white house and administration on this specifically say the reason the policies are being cancelled is because of obama care. >> they were weak policies that now need to meet a higher standard. they can't kick people off anymore. >> you can't keep saying that. >> because of a pre-existing condition or a lifetime cap. they have to meet a higher standard. >> you're dodging it. >> i'm not. >> you are. >> americans that were being dropped will be offered stronger plans. >> why are they being dropped? >> 70% of people on the individual market will qualify for subsidies or medicaid coverage. >> why were they being dropped? it goes back to whether it was a lie. the president said if you like your plan you can keep it, period. now the insurance companies said that's not true. the only reason we are dropping people is because of obama care. your response is, those were crappy plans. >> the president acknowledged that statement didn't communicate what he wanted to communicate. >> but was it a lie? >> it gives people the oppo
in partnership with the white house administration on this, they specifically say be with the reason these policies are cancelled is because of obama care. >> they were weak policies that now need to meet a higher standard. they can't kick people off any more because they have a preexisting condition or set a lifetime cap on their coverage. they now have to meet those standard -- those americans who are being dropped from the plans will now be offered stronger plans and in fact 70 percent of people -- 70% of of people on the market will meet medicaid or -- >> that goes back to whether this is a lie. the president said, if you like your plan, can you keep it, period. now the insurance companies came out and said, that's not true. only reason we are dropping people from the plan says because of obama care and your response is, those were crappy plans. >> the president has acknowledged that that statement didn't clearly communicate what he wanted to communicate to the american people. >> a lie, that seems to be what senator cornyn is saying. >> i think that president specifically addres
all coming here and of course black and white together. the u.s. has president obama and also three former presidents coming as this echo around the world of the word of mandela's passing is generating this energy of inclusion, yet again complexity and that brings us to newt gingrich. he's joining us this morning and we're happy to have him. newt wrote a thoughtful piece about the passing of nelson mandela. newt had been one of the people early on pushing to end apartheid and help mandela's cause. he got pushback, criticism for that piece, now amid all of this going on. newt i hope you can hear me pipe' in the middle of a celebration but please, tell us the context, what did you make of the pushback and criticism you got for what seemed like a very thoughtful piece about nelson mandela? >> well, i think, having analyzed it over the weekend, there were two waves of rejection of the idea of honoring mandela. one wave was people who confused mandela's role with the african national congress during the period when he was in jail. he spent 27 years in jail which was the peak of the afric
a commuter trail to derail in new york city. four people were killed. right now, the white house is giving the new and improved obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv
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keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. >>> 400 bugs fixed in the obama care website. now, that's the good news. but that's not all the news. there's also some not so good news. security expert white hat hacker david kennedy joins us. good evening, sir. >> good evening. thanks for having me on again. >> love to have you here. now the president, he seems -- i don't know if the word is substantially satisfied, but he's more satisfied with how things turned out at the end of november. i'm curious, are you now satisfied with the security element of this website? >> well, we testified in front of congress about two weeks ago on the issues around security. we had identified around 15 exposures with the website as well as other researchers that had found other things. when the site was relaunched on the 30th deadline, we actually went and tested to look for and see if any of those issues had actually been addressed. unfortunately none of them had been fixed. it doesn't look like security was implemented into the site itself. doesn't look like anything was fixed
." the first obama care enrollment deadline is less than three weeks away and the president is trying to regain control of the debate. today at the white house, he went on the offensive. >> you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i'm going to need some help in spreading the word. i'm going to need some help in spreading the word. i need you to spread the word about the law, about its
months. >> robert, i think the big picture question is does the white house learn anything or do anything tangible in response. ron fournier calling in his own way the sensational title of his team is "president obama needs to fires himself. not literally, of course but practically he needs to shake up his team. you have said wns these problems are fixed there will be staffing changes. do you still think that's true and do you think it's as dramatic as fournier suggests. >> i don't think it should be as dramatic as the president firing himself. >> that would be unconstitutional. >> it will be inexplicable if somebody involved in the creation of the website doesn't get fired or a group of people don't get fired. again, if you look at that "new york times" story from this weekend, when folks at hhs are looking at the white house and dennis mcdonaccdonough's white calendar and laughing, micro managing, lets be clear, one thing the white house didn't do on this, they didn't micro manage beaurocracy enough. if we get through the end of the enrollment period -- i said this first on your show, a
about and, frankly, that we have all had discussions with, with others in his white house. but, frankly, is he not listening. >> let me ask you another question, leader cantor. we also want to get your thoughts on this. what the obama administration is calling enrollment surge. pleased that 25,000 people signed up for obamacare in the first 48 hours. you balance that against the fact that overall 5.6 million have had their insurance cancelled. but, anyway, they are at least pleased with the 29,000. >> you know, the administration likes to say that they are transparent. but what does 29,000 enrollees really mean. we don't know. >> even if they were enrollees start to finish and all paid up for the insurance company, is that a good number. >> again, i would say we don't know, yet. we don't know. we have had testimony in congress on capitol hill saying that the backup of this program is not working. >> is it finished? do you know if it's even finished? i hear reports it's not finished. >> we don't know. now we are hearing reports of some temporary payment plans to insurance companies. imag
-- >> it will make it easier for me. i buy everything on line. >> we'll see what happens. >>> meanwhile, the white house says it's met its goals to fix the troubled website for this weekend. there's plenty of work remaining. the obama administration says it doubled the capacity to the site. it can handle 50,000 viewers simultaneously. the peak traffic in the coming weeks might eclipse the new capacity as people sign up for the new health care plans by december 23rd. >>> still to come, december's historically been one of the best months of the year. will the markets play santa or scrooge for investors this year. we'll be having more insight. we'll be going to the cme as well. [ imitating engine revving ] that's mine. ♪ that's mine. ♪ that's mine. ♪ come on, kyle. ♪ [ horn honks ] that's mine...kyle. [ male announcer ] revenge is best served with 272 horses. now get the best offers of the season. current lessees with an expiring lease get this 2014 ats for around $299 a month. ♪ just by talking to a helmet. it grabbed the patient's record before we even picked him up. it found out the doct
of international terrorism. have they said anything at the white house about this? >> the white house has not commented on this specifically. i expect we'll get some comment on this as we just have gotten the program really in the time that president obama has been on board air force one and a lot of firms are trav-- officials are traveling with him. former cold war enemies have had very much limited ties. there's been some conciliatory language in recent years, but certainly this is not any sort of relationship that you see on a day to day basis the way president obama has with other leader, but i think what's sort of fascinating and that a lot of people looking at this program and are fascinated by the fact that president obama is speaking first and raul castro is speaking last that in a way it signifies how much of a unifier nelson mandela was not only in his life but also in his death that you have these very interesting and disparate folks going to be at this event in south africa, wolf. >> when he was inaugurated back in 194, nelson mandela, al gore, the then vice president of the u
was the funeral for pope john paul ii. that was 2005. air force one took off with president and mrs. obama, george w. and laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, taerg eric holder, and susan rice, all on that plane. the white house said the president is working on his eulogy during the flight. other world leaders going to south africa include ban ki-moon, fran swan holaund, and david cameron. among the other dignitaries to pay their respects, bono, oprah, prince charles, former president jimmy carter, and republican senator ted cruz. a short time ago, archbishop desmond tootoo paid homage to his home in the johannesburg suburbs. >> everybody was saying we would have gone up in flames. and he was like, he really was like a magician. he really was like a magician, with a magic wand. turning us into this glorious multicolored rainbow people. >> cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is in johannesburg with a look at the extraordinary preparations involved ahead of tomorrow's memorial service. >> these men have been asked not to be identified for their safety. they're part
. at this hour president obama is touting what could be called obama care 2.0. >> you have to call it something. seems today was a bit of a reset button for signature legislation and john harwood is at the white house with more of the details. >> reporter: the president is trying to get new momentum for this law that's had so much struggle this fall. the administration aides have been making the case the last couple of days the website has been substantially fixed for most people. and the president seemed to use this appearance today to snuff out any idea which had gained traction in recent days this law can be done away with entirely as republicans hope. >> eye always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be clear about that. >> reporter: but, of course that doesn't mean the law will be successful. we're not going to know that until we see what the enrollment data is and if we can get enough people in f
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